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Border History Museum

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Alan and Fiona Brown wrote a review Apr 2019
Selby, United Kingdom91 contributions49 helpful votes
We were not impressed with this 'museum'. There are plenty of waxwork models and tableaux depicting various degrees of misery, but very few artefacts. The 'dungeon' is an empty hole in the ground which you can view while suspended in a glass lift, and there are baskets of costumes that you can try on for selfies. As such, the £5 entry fee is too steep in our view.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Clivel_98 wrote a review Sep 2018
Hereford, United Kingdom1,433 contributions507 helpful votes
A small museum on four levels from the dungeon to the top floor. Various storyboards telling history of the cross border skirmishes that went on between families, and the place that various personages played in the running of the gaol and being in there. A set of questions about what would have happened to certain people carrying out various legal infractions is quite eye opening. A good 7 minute video pulls out how small grievances between two families can fester and grow - even beyond the point where either family remember what the original problem was.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Linzcharlton wrote a review May 2018
33 contributions6 helpful votes
Really interesting. Lots of information on the Border Reivers who were a violent bunch! Lawlessness ruled for many years - don't worry - it's better now!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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DavidBicester wrote a review Oct 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom55 contributions14 helpful votes
Note this is a small museum. If you are in Hexham it is worth visiting here. The old gaol aspect of the museum gives an interesting look at how the gaol was managed. The boarder history aspect is also interesting. It is not a place that I would recommend making a long trip to alone, but is worth combining with other attractions in the area.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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rasco81 wrote a review Sep 2017
Goole, United Kingdom134 contributions75 helpful votes
Lots and lots of information present. Over three floors, well the dungeon is only viewable from the lift. An oubliette really. Must have been terrifying for the prisoners. Shows clearly what life was like at the time, and the justice system, or, lack of it. Staff knowledgeable and approachable. Bizzarely not open on a Sunday
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Date of experience: August 2017
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